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Elmer H. Wene

Elmer H. Wene
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New Jersey's 2nd district
In office
March 4, 1937 – January 3, 1939
Preceded by Isaac Bacharach
Succeeded by Walter S. Jeffries
In office
March 4, 1941 – January 3, 1945
Preceded by Walter S. Jeffries
Succeeded by T. Millet Hand
Personal details
Born May 1, 1892
Pittstown, New Jersey
Died January 25, 1957(1957-01-25) (aged 64)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Political party Democratic
Profession Politician

Elmer H. Wene (May 1, 1892 – January 25, 1957) was an American Democratic Party politician who represented New Jersey's 2nd congressional district in the United States House of Representatives from 1937 to 1939 and again from 1941 to 1945.


Wene was born on a farm near Pittstown, New Jersey. He attended the public schools and Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey. In 1918, he engaged in agricultural pursuits near Vineland, New Jersey.

Wene served on the New Jersey State board of agriculture 1925-1934 and was elected as a Democrat to the Seventy-fifth Congress (January 3, 1937-January 3, 1939). He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1938 to the Seventy-sixth Congress. After leaving Congress, he was a member of the Board of Chosen Freeholders of Cumberland County, New Jersey 1939-1941. He was again elected to the Seventy-seventh and Seventy-eighth Congresses (January 3, 1941-January 3, 1945) but was not a candidate for renomination in 1944. Wene was an unsuccessful candidate for election to the United States Senate the same year.

Wene resumed agricultural pursuits and poultry raising. He was also president and owner of two radio stations in New Jersey. In 1945, he served as an adviser to the Secretary of Agriculture. He was elected to the New Jersey Senate in 1946 and a delegate to the New Jersey State constitutional convention in 1947 that drafted the current New Jersey State Constitution. On June 26, 1948, he was given a recess appointment by President Harry S. Truman as Undersecretary of Agriculture. He was an unsuccessful Democratic candidate for Governor of New Jersey in 1949 and an unsuccessful candidate for election in 1950 to the Eighty-second Congress as well. Wene was unsuccessful for the gubernatorial nomination in 1953. He died in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1957 and was buried in Locust Grove Cemetery, Quakertown, New Jersey.

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Preceded by
Isaac Bacharach
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New Jersey's 2nd congressional district

January 3, 1937 – January 3, 1939
Succeeded by
Walter S. Jeffries
Preceded by
Walter S. Jeffries
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New Jersey's 2nd congressional district

January 3, 1941 – January 3, 1945
Succeeded by
T. Millet Hand
Party political offices
Preceded by
James H. R. Cromwell
Democratic Nominee for the U.S. Senate (Class 1) from New Jersey
Succeeded by
George E. Brunner
Preceded by
Lewis G. Hansen
Democratic Nominee for Governor of New Jersey
Succeeded by
Robert B. Meyner

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